The Cat Who is a series of cozy mystery novels by American author Lilian Jackson Braun. The series is also known as the Jim Qwilleran Feline Whodunnits. Lilian created the series when her own cat suddenly fell to its death. The main character is Jim “Qwill” Qwilleran, a reporter who owns two Siamese cats named Koko and Yum-Yum. Koko has a “sixth sense,” which enables him to assist Qwill in solving mysteries.

The Cat Who series began with The Cat Who Could Read Backwards in 1966. After the third installment, there would not be another novel in the series until 1986. Even with the break, there ended up being 29 books (plus three collections) in the series, ending with The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers. There was supposedly going to be a 30th book, The Cat Who Smelled Smoke, but it was cancelled. Below is a list of Lillian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who books in order of when they were originally released (and in chronological order):

Publication Order of Cat Who... Books

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (1966)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern (1967)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Turned On And Off (1968)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Saw Red (1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Played Brahms (1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Played Post Office (1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare (1988)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Sniffed Glue (1988)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Went Underground (1989)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Lived High (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal (1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Moved a Mountain (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Wasn't There (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Went into the Closet (1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Came to Breakfast (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Blew the Whistle (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Said Cheese (1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Tailed a Thief (1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (1998)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Saw Stars (1999)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Robbed a Bank (1999)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Smelled a Rat (2001)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Went Up the Creek (2002)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Brought Down the House (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Talked Turkey (2004)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Went Bananas (2004)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Smelled Smoke is book #30 but has yet to be released.

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8 Responses to “Order of The Cat Who Books”

  1. Dora: 1 month ago

    I just finished #29 and am still peeved about Polly’s exit from the narrative. I wonder if LJB was developing a storyline that had Qwilleran getting on with his life, perhaps with Barbara who had modern furniture, etc. I thought Polly was often insensitive, but maybe I’m just sad the the story has ended.

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  2. Dave: 2 months ago

    Too bad the 30th book was never published. The storyline with Polly Duncan ended very abruptly and it seems like there was more that might have been said. I know it didn’t sit well with my wife. Perhaps there were documents left that may have indicated what would have happened in #30 that someone could flesh out.

    Oh well.

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  3. Gwen Merrick: 2 years ago

    I am currently collecting all of The Cat Who series second hand soft cover publications and they will have a small bookshelf all to themselves. The investment in these paperbacks is canny as (like Agatha Christies works) one can begin at the beginning once more and lose none of the charm.

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  4. Marilyn Cremona: 3 years ago

    One summer my daughter and I read all of the series that our local library held. We’d sit at the dinner table talking about the characters like they were next door neighbors. My husband was a bit confused when we’d mention people he didn’t know but we had so much fun.

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  5. Sharon O'Connor: 3 years ago

    I discovered these books years ago and have read them all and read them again when life gets complicated, always a pleasure and lightens my heart.

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  6. TruthSeeker: 4 years ago

    I have always enjoyed reading, and cannot stand it when books, and other great items end up trashed in dumpsters/landfills. I saw thousands of both brand new, and used books in dumpsters at a Monrovia recycling plant. They refused to sell me any, and it made me sick. Imagine how great it would be if schools, libraries, and thrift stores, etc.could have received all those great books? We live in such a sick world full of very greedy,selfish,rotten people.

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  7. Patti J. McCann: 7 years ago

    I have read everyone of the cat who series and also owned everything from the series, it is my all time favorite series and i sure do miss not having new ones to read

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    • Anne vw: 4 years ago

      Do you know how to get the audios. I have several andthey are fabulous. But I haven’t been able to get they rest
      Try listening to the cat who ate Danish modern It is a scream with professional actir, George guidall doing all the parts!!!

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